There is a certain essence of Jodhpur that’s hard to describe, but it’s still vivid in my mind. To be honest, there is nothing in particular that makes me want to revisit Jodhpur. Interestingly, the arid air of Jodhpur invokes curiosity in a traveller. I believe there are places that you love or hate in a moment, and then there are places that you have to drown yourself into to be able to discover their true character. Jodhpur is one of them.
At first glance, it’s a regal taste of Rajasthan. There are forts, palaces, traditionally dressed men and women, and cultural experiences to savour. But, there is something more intangible that you divulge with spontaneity.
So, here are a few things to do in Jodhpur -
1.Take a tour of Mehrangarh Fort
When I visited Mehrangarh Fort, I didn’t know it was one of the iconic forts in India. But I found it impressive beyond my expectations. You get to experience and see so much more than you first anticipate – the fort itself is massive, and then there are so many palaces inside it, which are now museums for us. You can also take a look at the temples adjoining the fort. Besides, you get a chance to enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the fort.
Also check out Mehrangarh Fort – A Photo Essay
2.Take a glimpse of high life at Ajit Bhawan Palace
Ajit Bhawan Palace is said to be the first heritage hotel of India. It’s a place where you can have lunch, sip coffee, or soak sun in the lawn. The erstwhile royalty is embedded everywhere. Although the palace has been given a modern face-lift, the old elements are also well preserved.
3.Enjoy a meal at On The Rocks
As the name suggests, On The Rocks is full of rocks in different forms that give a fascinating look to the restaurant. However, the canopy of trees balances out the rocky look and adds lushness to the ambiance. Evenings are gorgeous with candle-lit dinners and traditional folk dance performances.
4.Visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace
5.Explore the local bazaars
The two popular markets – Mochi Bazaar and the Clock Tower market exude the charming ordinariness of Jodhpur. The bustle, the chaos and the colours are just like any other bazaar in India, but the polite vendors and the shy local women radiate subtle nuances of the regal city.
6.Absorb the city vibe on a Tuk-Tuk
Perhaps the best way to extract the local flavour of Jodhpur is to travel by a Tuk-Tuk. It’s the most commonly used transport option, which is cheaper and more fun. You get a chance to know the locals closely, learn their lingo a bit and immerse in the raw Jodhpuri vibe.
7.Watch the last gleam of sunlight fall over the Blue City
Jodhpur is known to be the Blue City of India for its uniformly painted houses in blue. It is absolutely enchanting to watch the sun set over the blue houses.
Here's some useful practical information I found on Momondo: Jodhpur is well connected by trains and flights. There are a variety of accommodation options available including the heritage hotels & resorts.
Is Jodhpur your kind of a destination?
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